Saturday, July 07, 2012

in which I either save you money or get you to spend more of it

Hey, can I give you a completely unsolicited, unsponsored product recommendation, if for no other reason than to get that gory cord photo down below the fold?   OK then.

Like many people, I like the aesthetic of American Apparel clothes for kids--for babies in particular, it seems like the only place to get plain, bold-colored (meaning non-pastel) clothes not cluttered with pictures and logos for various things.  The only problem is the price.  I mean, $11.50 for a onesie?  Are you shitting me?  I love my kid, and you know, it's nice that they're American made and everything,

Then, when I was tooling around the internet looking for some plain T-shirts for our freezer paper stencil projects, I found this company called Rock Bottom T-shirts, and among many other things (I think they mostly deal in plain T-shirts and sweatshirts and things of that ilk) I noticed that they sell, huh, what do you know, plain, bright-colored onesies not cluttered with pictures or logos.  I thought there was a pretty good chance that they would be made of that really rough, scratchy cotton, but I ordered a few to check them out and no, the cotton is nice and soft, good construction, washes up well, and the colors really are very bright.  I would compare them favorably to those Gerber onesies that you can buy in a big five-pack.  These shrink up the same way, but to my hand, they are softer.  And the colors!  Love the colors, want to lick them.  For the price, I could not say no.  At the time I ordered the onesies, they were actually having a sale, so they were even a full dollar cheaper than they are listed for now (and if you don't need a snap-bottom onesie, these short sleeved lap tees are a good alternative and also at a full dollar cheaper) which means I was able to get this big, admittedly indulgent pile for the price of two American Apparel onesies.

Will they hold up?  The real question is, do they need to hold up?  We're talking about baby clothes, after all.  It's a race to the Goodwill bin anyway, so who cares?

(And yes, when I have things in different colors, I need to order them all ROY G. BIV--I can't help it, it's a disease.)

At Nina's third bili check in as many days, she's down to 13.8, and an ounce shy of her birth weight. We're going to keep letting her get some sun (our house is unfortunately a low-ceilinged ranch devoid of natural light in most rooms, but the kids' playroom was a sunroom in its former incarnatiom so we'll just hang out there as much as possible for the weekend. One more weight and bili check on Monday, after which poit, hopefully, we'll be released on our own recognizance.

(Gorgeous quilt a gift from the lovely and talented Ramona Bates, a plastic surgeon, prominent medical blogger, and quilt-maker extraordinaire.  It must have taken a lot of hard work, thank you so much again!)


  1. My fave when my two were small.

    Brace yourself :)

  2. Thank you for getting that cord picture down. A picture of Nina is much more enjoyable. Nice job Ramona!

  3. doc2beAngelee12:36 PM

    I kinda liked the cord picture o_O But I will admit Nina is A LOT easier on the eyes :-p

  4. Anonymous12:37 PM

    cute quilt!

  5. Emily2:31 PM

    I also love the baby clothes at H&M, if you have one of those in Atlanta. Simple stuff with nicer than expected details like shoulder snaps. And the price is right. They do run a bit big though.

  6. Anonymous4:26 PM

    I knew the moment that I saw that quilt that Ramona had made it. I knew it before I even scrolled the next little ways and saw her name. It is beautiful and so is Nina. Now, I am going to go check out this website...Hope you and yours have a great weekend! How is Mack taking to the new baby? We know Cal is over joyed but I wondered about Mack. He is at the age where sometimes they get a little jealous over a new baby for a short little while. Back when my kids were born (40 years ago) they did not allow children on the ob floor so there was no bonding time prior to discharge. Additionally we had to stay in the hospital about 5 full days. When we brought home the new baby and introduced him to our 3 year old the 3 yo did not take to him very well at first. In fact he stood in the corner and refused to even look at him. Soon, with his hands on his hips and very matter of fact he screamed these words "I think I'm going to shit myself"...At which time that is exactly what he did even though he had been totally potty trained for over a year. It all worked out and very quickly he and his brother became very close and continue to be close after 40 years.

  7. Unfortunately I missed the cord picture. Thanks for the tip. Your photo of your baby is angelic.

  8. Amazing quilt, yay for being promoted from the bili blanket stage and those onesies are really cute! :)

  9. medrecgal5:36 PM

    A fabulous quilt for an awfully cute baby! I thought it might have been a Dr. Bates quilt, as I've followed her blog for almost as long as I've been reading this one. And count me as another who, even though I have a total geek side and a medical background, was happy to see that cord picture go. The baby is infinitely nicer to look at!

  10. That is a beautiful quilt! And an even more beautiful baby. Congrats!

    I have a similar problem with American Apparel in that I LOVE their baby clothes but 1. am not willing to pay the price 2 hate their advertising. I guess it makes me sound prudish, but when I lived in LA park benches and billboards would be covered with photos of young girls looking wwwaayyy to sexual. Even for LA. Thanks for the tip!

  11. I have to say I just bought my son 18 items of clothing for $50. (the price needed for free shipping).
    Thanks again

  12. I LOVE Rock Bottom Tees! I made my son a monster costume for Halloween last year, and they were the *only* place that sold plain, orange (yep, of course he wanted orange...) hoodies for 4 year old boys that were not $30. Thanks for the reminder about them and CONGRATULATIONS on your darling new baby!

  13. What an amazing quilt!

  14. Wow! You are really a great fan of bright colors. Colors can actually tell a person's character. You must be very lucky having a new member of your family. Congratulations!

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